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Vanlife After Loss: And It’s Now For Sale!

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For many people, van-living isn’t a “forever” decision, but a great opportunity during transitional times to see more of the country and learn to live with less.

Angie and her husband, Brian, moved back home when Angie’s dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After he passed, they were trying to decide what to do next. That’s when they decided to buy a van and travel for a year.

The couple is now selling their van, but be sure to check out the video tour with Tiny Home Tours about their sabbatical year on the road!

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After Losing Her Father, They Went Tiny

Vanlife After Loss: And It’s Now For Sale!

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Their 2019 Sprinter was a perfect choice for their van living.

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They have decent garage storage underneath the bed.

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There’s a large storage bench here, which doubled as Brian’s work space.

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The kitchen features real tiles.

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There’s a farmhouse sink, and a closet!

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These little metal baskets are a great option for storage.

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Memory foam mattress makes for a comfy night’s sleep!

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Darkening curtains block the cab from the rest of the space.

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VIDEO: Couple Builds DIY Ford Transit Camper Van

Van Highlights:


The Build


-large ceramic farmhouse sink

-extendable sleek black faucet with dual spray feature

-food grade all natural finished birch wood butcher block countertop (Tung oil & citrus orange peel oil seal)

-matching butcher block table/desk on 250lb drawer slides (slides in and out for easy use, hook & latch)

-ceramic geometric tile backsplash with 5 sliding hooks for hanging mesh baskets, utensils, towels, mugs, etc

-kitchen cabinets painted with gorgeous soft color pop (Nostalgia blue from Valspar)

-full plumbing with water pump, water accumulator, and 12 gallons of fresh water storage, 6 gallons of raw water storage

-top opening 50 quart Dometic dual fridge/freezer with adjustable settings (holds a week worth of groceries)


-queen size bed platform with extended length and width space (can sleep length or width wise comfortably, able to sit up in bed with plenty of head clearance while still maintaining maximum storage space beneath)

-7in memory foam mattress

-2 large windows in rear with individual short curtains to allow light but maintain privacy

-2 suspended sliding light blocking curtains

-12 speed max air fan over the bed for circulation and breeze


-floors, walls, and ceiling are fully insulated with foam board insulation

-includes vaper barrier of construction grade plastic and Reflectix

-stained spruce pine wood walls and ceiling

-luxury vinyl flooring with painted trim boards

-8 recessed cool white led puck lights on dimmer switches, 2 zones (front zone and rear zone)


-custom made shaker cabinets with modern black hardware and high strength magnets/closures (don’t knock open when driving on rough roads)

-4 above head cabinets that span the length of the van (perfect for food, dishes, pots, pans, etc)

-floor to ceiling closet behind driver seat with 3 open shelves with lip and closed bottom space with door (includes hanging rod for clothing or this space can double as discreet storage of toilet)

-3 kitchen cabinets below countertop for water jugs, trash, cooktop stove, and additional storage

-3 tiered metal shelves within kitchen cabinet

-3 tiered bamboo crates stacked behind driver seat (great for shoes, dog food, extra towels, anything for quick access!)

-5 hooks behind drivers seat for hats & jackets

-large open “garage” area under bed platform for large storage items or outdoor gear

-closet space/storage under long bench

-storage space under short bench

Electrical system

-2 Gel Renogy 200 Amp Hour Batteries (400 amp hours total)

-battery Isolator (uses alternator to charge batteries as you drive)

-2000 watt Renogy inverter (to use 120v appliances)

-battery charger (to plug in battery system to shore power through extension cord, and can charge house batteries)

-battery monitor (to show % of battery life and other displays on battery usage)

-3500 water Predator gas generator (extremely quiet)

-electrical system was installed by professional engineer without any issues

Vehicle Info

-2019 Ford Transit 250 High Roof Extended 170 with 62,500 miles

-high roof with comfortable standing room at 80in tall (just over 6.5 feet)

-4 brand new Firestone 10 ply tires bought in April

-oil changes every 4 – 5K miles (have a log and records for all maintenance)

-new rear brake rotors and break pads at 30,000 miles

-new front break pads at 55,000 miles

-No issues with the van (mechanical, electrical, or build)

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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